Filmmaker Alex Winter is set to explore both the possibilities and the dangers of the video sharing platform YouTube for his next film.

Alex Winter, also known for being one half of the Wyld Stallyns in the Bill & Ted films, is also an accomplished documentary maker. For his next film, Winter will be taking a look at YouTube, the behemoth video sharing website owned by Google. The film looks set to explore the small origins of the website through to its status as a multi-billion dollar earning colossus.

As well as directing, Winter will also be producing along with Gale Anne Hurd, of The Terminator fame, among many other things.

Winter had this to say about the project:  “Mass Effect is both an inspirational and cautionary tale as it examines how YouTube has made our lives easier and more enriched, while also presenting dangers that make the world a more perilous place. (…) At this extraordinary moment in history between fake news and an unprecedented pandemic, YouTube has been at the centre of it all, for better and for worse.”

There’s no release date yet set for the film, but Mass Effect is promising an even-handed approach that considers YouTube’s possibilities, alongside its dangers. According to Hurd, WYouTube revolutionises the access to content to both creators and consumers, [but] at the same time can be used for insidious political goals”.

Winter has of course released several feted feature-length documentaries including The Panama Papers and Showbiz Kids. We’ll keep you posted on this one as we hear more.


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